The Western World may celebrate the New Year on January 1st, but we all have our very own milestone to celebrate the passage of time: the day we were born. Just like we make resolutions to kick off a new calendar year, we can also look at our options, and astrology, to set personalised priorities if we look to the stars for guidance on our next year of life.
Most of us are familiar with the natal astrology chart. Shaped like a wheel, it maps out the position of the planets and signs at the time of our birth. It can provide unique insight into our personality and how we interact with the world. A preponderance of planets in fiery signs could indicate a confident, passionate personality that is quick to act on their ideas.
The position of the planets in the Houses can also shed light on the spheres of life that are likely to take up more of our time and energy – be it work, career, hobbies, love life or spiritual growth. Understanding your natal chart can possibly help you understand what makes you tick, and why some of us have a knack for one area – for example relationships – but struggle to get a grip on work or academic pursuits. A good astrology reading can help us play to our strengths and view our weaknesses in a compassionate light.
Though our Natal Chart is set in stone from an astrology viewpoint, the human spirit evolves and grows as we learn to deal with shortcomings and embrace new opportunities. Some of these changes can be seen in the Progressed Astrology chart, which takes a similar snapshot of the stars on the first few months of our lives, equating each day to a year. We can track the movement of the Moon, for example, to see how our emotional needs will change, or Mercury, to see how our self-expression and learning styles will evolve. The Progressed Chart can help us pinpoint turning points in our life, as our priorities shift and we start to emphasise a new way of life. We can also track our Progressed Sun Sign – our essence – to know when a new sign will add its Fire (action), Earth (grounding), Water (emotion) or Air (thought) to our life.
The Progressed Chart evolves with us over the course of our lifetimes. While it can be enlightening, it moves slowly and I find that our so-called Birthday Chart (also known as the Solar Return) can shed plenty of light on the year ahead. We can ask about key themes for the year: Where will the planets assist us with their energy, and where will we have to make a bigger effort to achieve our goals? The Solar Return gives us this information by taking a snapshot of the sky when the Sun returns to the place it had in the Zodiac at the time of our birth – it happens once a year – and interpreting the position of the planets in the signs and houses.
This can tell us when certain houses (or spheres of life) are going to be active, for example, can we make the most of this energy to impulse our success at work? Or maybe it’s our personal, romantic or spiritual life that will rise to the forefront
PsychicToday has a number of professional astrologers to guide you towards making the most of these shifting planetary energies and the opportunities that accompany them.